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Iwas moves? Lagman warns House leadership about skirting decision on Espino suspension

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Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman warned the House leadership of possible consequences if it refuses to follow the Sandiganbayan’s preventive suspension order against Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr.

“Kung hindi susundin ng mababang kapulungan, ng house, ay wala pang precedent dyan kung ano ang gagawin ng husgado,” Lagman said in a DZBB interview Sunday, September 11.

“Baka i-declare in contempt yong speaker at yong majority leader o yong members ng rules committee. Because mayroong karapatan na mag declare ng contempt ang husgado. Yong tinatawag na contempt of court sapagkat hindi sinunod yong utos ng husgado,” said the veteran lawmaker.

Earlier, Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas said House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez could turn the implementation of the Sandiganbayan directive into a plenary matter.

“Under our rules, the Speaker has to refer the Order to the committee on rules which will include it in the Business of the Day for plenary action,” Fariñas, a bar topnotcher, was quoted as saying.

Lagman, however, said that doing so would be tantamount to “evading obligation” on the part of the House leaders.

“Yan ay pag-evade ng obligasyon ng house leadership kung itatapon mo sa total membership ang pagdedesisyon na yan,” he said.

The House of Representatives (HOR) has 293 members.

Last Thursday, the Sandiganbayan slapped a 90-day suspension on Espino over the graft charge he is facing for the alleged illegal black sand mining in Lingayen.